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Posted on 19 December 2011 by

From Backpacks to Garden Skills-Teaching a New Generation of Gardeners

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

During my time as a schoolteacher, I have seen and heard some horrid things.

Some things I stepped up and did something about it while others, I am ashamed to say, I did not.

I had hoped and prayed that someone else would step up and do the right thing but in this situation it never happened.

I live with my decision everyday and wonder if I could have really changed the course that this student was traveling but since I cannot turn back the hands of time I will never know. But…

This but always seems to pop up when I am faced with a dilemma so this year I have decided to face the dread but and do something about it. I have decided not to wait, hope and pray for change but instead make the change myself and this change is going to start in my community.

My community has suffered from economic downfall like many other communities far and wide. While this community has never really been rich, the past few years have really take a toll on the residents. More and more kids are on the free or reduced lunch program while others are flooding the already full backpack program. This program packs food in backpacks for kids to take on Friday and return on Monday. In many situations, this is all Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11 December 2011 by

From the Farm to Your Local Lunchroom Table

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As a child, growing up in rural Indiana, I was very aware of where my food came from.

My family always had a garden and what we did not grow we U-Picked.

By the end of the growing season, our freezer was full of beans, peaches, apples, blackberries, and peppers while the pantry was full of home-canned tomatoes, corn, and strawberry jam.

When I went to elementary school the story was the same. The cooks showed up when we did for school and cooked our meals from scratch. Homemade chicken and dumplings, angel biscuits, fresh green beans and applesauce cake for dessert was the norm not the exception when it came to our lunches.

Those who brought their lunch were not excluded from the fresh food. There was always free fruit in season available to everyone. While for some this may seem like a dream, I promise you it was not. It was just a rural community that supported the school with excess produce that turned into fresh meals.

These wonderful meals continued until I Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 September 2008 by

LA Unified School District Garden Program in Danger

By Vanessa Richins

It all comes down to money.

Administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School district find themselves with a $460-million budget deficit, which will likely mean increasing class sizes and discontinuing programs.

One of the threatened projects is their blossoming urban garden educational program.

It was started years ago when a man named Mud Baron started volunteering in the district. Years later the district was able to hire him and others as garden instructors.

As quoted in an article from Read the rest of this entry »

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